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Replace Grey Transmission Fluid

White86Tercel

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1998 Ford Explorer 5.0AWD
The transmission fluid in my 1998 Ford Explorer 5.0L AWD automatic is gray.

The fluid feels like water and looks like it might have some shavings in it. The truck has 162,000 miles and I know the last owner did virtually no maintenance.

My guess is that the radiator has leaked some coolant into the transmission fluid and/or some of the clutch disks have worn down a little leaving shavings in the fluid.

The truck drives pretty nicely but I think the transmission slips a little in reverse and the 1st gear to 2nd gear up-shift is a tiny bit rough.

Do you think that replacing some or all of the transmission fluid will cause problems?
 
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rb142

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2001 Ranger XLT 4X4
It does sounds like it has water in it. I have seen that in some differentials. Check the radiator for signs of transmission fluid. You definitely don't want that fluid in there. Change the fluid a couple times to get rid of as much of the old stuff as possible.
 
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